Articles by: James Swackhammer

James is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Application Expert based in the Javelin Oakville head office

SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2021 Templates

SOLIDWORKS Inspection Templates

SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2021 has some template improvements. Before these improvements were made, when making an Inspection report you would click the “Add” button for a template, same when exporting to an Excel sheet you would “Add” template and then choose where to save.  This year,…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Inspection VDA Balloons

VDA balloons have been around for quite some time and were introduced for SOLIDWORKS in the last four to five years for SOLIDWORKS Inspection. Although, when introduced there wasn’t much functionality other than for placing them. Rotating VDA balloon For SOLIDWORKS Inspection 2021 we now…

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SOLIDWORKS MBD 2021 Bend Tables

SOLIDWORKS MBD Bend Tables

This is personal opinion time; I think SOLIDWORKS MBD will be the new future in terms of drafting. Right now it’s a hidden gem that’s not being fully utilized. Its maximum potential has yet be realized by the mass of engineering folks. While SOLIDWORKS MBD…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Sheet Metal Circular Edge Flange

Colour me surprised when I read in the SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New Manual that we can now place Edge Flanges on circular or nonlinear edges. In the previous version this is what it looked like when we tried to select a circular edge. There was…

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SOLIDWORKS eDrawings 2021 File Properties

Does the uncapitalized “e” on eDrawings bother you, too? Well that is one change that didn’t make it in SOLIDWORKS 2021. However, there are a bunch of new improvements and one I would like to discuss is the inclusion of File Properties.  Starting in 2021,…

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SOLIDWORKS 2021 Adds VDA Balloons

SOLIDWORKS 2021 VDA balloons

VDA refers to a German Quality System, generally used for the automotive industry. This is a highly recognized and respected quality management system, which requires a 90 percent compliance record for formal audits. So, we’re glad SOLIDWORKS 2021 has added these specific balloons in the…

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Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 4

Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 1

This is the last article to wrap up our easy SOLIDWORKS cabinet design series. There will be more in the future with more advanced workflows. In this article we are going to clean up our body properties with materials, descriptions and dimensions. Currently our bodies…

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Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 3

Cabinet design

In part 3 of the easy SOLIDWORKS cabinet making series we are going to add all the extra standard parts for the cabinetry like feet, hardware and a counter top. I will show you how to add parts within a part and position them properly….

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Easy SOLIDWORKS Cabinet Making Part 2

In part 2 of the easy SOLIDWORKS cabinet making series I am going to separate the front face of the body for drawers and create bottom door pieces. You can catch up with part 1 here » Continuing with the SOLIDWORKS Split tool because it…

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